The Brow House, Dunrossness, ZE2 9JB

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (58)

Council Tax:

Band A




Sittingroom, Dining Kitchen, three Double Bedrooms, two Bath / Shower Rooms, Utility Room / Store & Garden Shed


Set on its own in around ⅓ acre in an attractive rural situation well away from any neighbouring houses, 'The Brow House' is a lovely stone-built detached house enjoying fine views over the Loch of Brow and the surrounding farmland. Lerwick 20 miles.

The house is fully modernised and benefits from double glazing and oil-fired central heating, yet retains the character and many features of the original property.

In addition to three double bedrooms including one on the ground floor, the well-presented, 'walk-into' accommodation also includes a west-facing sittingroom with wood-burning stove, attractively fitted dining kitchen with range cooker, a family bathroom with roll top bath, and a separate shower room.

The walled garden includes extensive parking and there is a large lined & insulated utility room / shed with power & water which would alternatively make an ideal home office, plus a separate garden shed.

General Information

‘Brow House’ is situated some distance from the main road which runs through the village of Dunrossness, in the middle of a field at the end of an access track, as a result the property is quietly set well away from any other neighbouring properties and also enjoys lovely open views over the surrounding farmland generally and in particular westwards over the Loch of Brow.

Dunrossness is situated on the east side of Shetland just over 20 miles from Lerwick. Local amenities in the area are grouped a short distance from the house within reasonable walking distance on the main road where there is a local primary school (secondary pupils go to Sandwick or Lerwick), Mainland’s Store with mini-supermarket & post office, off-licence & fuel, and also Allans of Gillock hardware store. The airport at Sumburgh is easily accessible for travel to mainland Scotland.

‘Brow House’ provides a very comfortable permanent home or it would also suit use as a holiday home being in an area with many places of interest including Sumburgh Head, Jarlshof, Quendale Mill, Croft House Museum, the RSPB Reserve at the Loch of Spiggie, & St Ninian’s Isle.

The house which is stone-built has been completely renovated in recent times including re-roofing with Welsh slate and new double glazed windows with astragals added in keeping with the style of the property, the sympathetic renovations ensuring that much of the character of the original property has been retained.


On the First Floor:-

Entrance Hallway

Entry is to the south side of the house where the hardwood front door opens to a hallway clad with painted ‘v’-lined wood. The restored pitch pine parquet flooring and stripped pine staircase to the first floor are attractive features. Original doors lead to the kitchen to the left and a bedroom / second reception room to the right. Space for coats etc. & telephone point.

Bedroom 1 / 2nd Reception room

(Approx. 3.8m x 3.5m) (12’6” x 11’6”) Good-sized dual-aspect double room with windows to the south & east. The fireplace with wooden mantelpiece is presently blocked up but could be re-opened if required, but there is also a central heating radiator. Painted floorboards & T.V. point.

Dining Kitchen

(Approx. 3.8m x 3.8m) (12’6” x 12’6”) A part glazed door from the hallway leads to the attractively fitted kitchen which has space for a table & chairs in the centre, a main window facing south plus a second west-facing window enjoying a view to the loch. Cream coloured units with matching tiled splashbacks include an integral fridge / freezer and plumbing for dishwasher (appliance available by separate negotiation). The dual-fuel range cooker, again in a cream finish, which is housed in a tiled recess with a hardwood mantelshelf over will remain. Two built-in cupboards provide additional storage space, one also houses the electric meters etc. Slate tile effect vinyl flooring & T.V. point. A doorway to the rear leads to the sittingroom and downstairs shower room.


(Approx. 5m x 3.8m) (16’4” x 12’6”) Spacious west-facing room with two windows enjoying fine views over to the loch. Heating is provided by a cast iron wood burning stove set in a fireplace recess with stone hearth & wooden surround, or by central heating radiators. Solid wood flooring & satellite T.V. connection. A hatch with pull-down ladder provides access to storage space in the floored loft which has a fitted light. A hardwood side door provides a second entrance to the house.

Shower Room

(Overall approx. 2.05m x 1.4m at widest points) (6’9” x 4’8”) With white period style WC & wash hand basin plus a wet-wall lined corner shower enclosure with glazed screen / door. Cupboard under the stairs housing the hot water tank with further storage cupboard to one side, varnished floorboards & ladder towel rail supplied by the central heating system.

On the First Floor:-


Again the original painted ‘v’-lining has been retained to the landing, as has the restored pitch pine parquet flooring, the landing leading to two large double bedrooms, both south-facing and having varnished floorboards, and the main bathroom. South-facing window & hatch with pull-down ladder to the loft space.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 3.9m x 2.85m extending to 3.55m at widest point) (12’10” x 9’3” / 11’8”)

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 3.95m x 3.95m) (12’10” x 12’10”) Master bedroom with T.V. point.


(Approx. 2.85m x 1.4m) (9’3” x 4’8”) Attractive family bathroom comprising a white roll top bath with ‘Triton’ electric shower & glazed shower screen over, plus a white period style WC & wash hand basin. Wet-wall lining around the bath, solid wood floor, shaver point & ladder towel rail supplied by the central heating system.


The larger than average site, which is estimated to extend to around ⅓ acre or thereby, is enclosed throughout by a stone dyke with access over a track from the road, a cattle grid at the entrance to the site avoiding the need for a gate. There is plenty of parking, established lawns to the front and rear of the house plus a large stone-flagged area outside the back door. A small stone dyke enclosure houses the oil tank and behind that is a wooden garden shed (approx. 10’ x 8’).

Utility Room / Store

(Approx. 3.4m x 2.2m) (11'2" x 7'2") Next to the house is a large fully lined and insulated shed currently used as a utility room and for general storage but which could potentially be ideal for use as a home office. It has a double glazed door & window, power & lighting, an electric heater and a run of fitted floor and wall units including a ceramic sink with an electric hot water heater and plumbing for a washing machine (appliance not included).

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: D (58)

Property Location

To reach the house drive to the centre of Dunrossness on the main A970 Lerwick – Sumburgh road. The access track to the property is situated on the west side of the road between Boddam Hall and the bus stop to the south.

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